Gates and ice cut plans short

December 5, 2008

My planned cruise through the central section of Shenandoah National Park was cut short this morning. I arrived shortly after 8 a.m. only to discover the gates to central and north sides were closed due to ice.

I improvised and did a quick scan south, seeing numerous small birds. There are large groups of sparrow-sized birds that disperse when you approach. I also noted a buck and woodpecker, but nothing else worth photographing.

After reaching Loft Mountain, I made my way back, hoping that there would have been a miracle and the gates would be open. No such luck.

After waiting a few minutes, I gave up and headed out of the park for an alternate route to northern Virginia.

At last check, the Central District and the North District are still closed.

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